Stats Highlights, Aus v Ind, 2nd Test - Day 4
Sydney, Jan 8: India finally managed to post a 400-plus score after a string of batting failures but that wasn’t enough to prevent the team from extending their losing streak in away Tests to six. Sachin Tendulkar once again came close to that elusive hundred while VVS Laxman scored a fifty. But Ben Hilfenhaus’ marvellous five-for sealed the deal for the hosts after captain Michael Clarke had put them in a commanding position a day earlier. Take a look at the numbers that matter from Australia’s big win.
- Sachin Tendulkar (80) has now played 21 consecutive innings without scoring an international hundred. He last scored a hundred against South Africa, in the 2011 World Cup. This is his joint third-longest streak without scoring an international hundred. Tendulkar has scored 875 runs at 41.16 with eight fifties (including four scores of 80 or more) during this period.
- Incidentally, Tendulkar has now played 18 innings without scoring a hundred in Test cricket. This is the longest streak for Tendulkar without a Test hundred. Tendulkar had played 17 innings without scoring a hundred Between December 2005 and January 2007.
- India posted a total of 400 in an away Test after 21 innings. The last such instance was against South Africa at Centurion in December 2010 when India made 459 in the second innings.
- Michael Clarke now has 24 wickets in Test cricket, 14 of which have come against India.
- Ben Hilfenhaus (five for 106) took his second five-wicket haul in consecutive Tests. He had taken five for 75 at Melbourne.
- VVS Laxman (66) made his first fifty in nine innings in an away Test. Laxman has been unable to score a hundred in 24 innings on foreign soil since scoring an unbeaten 103 against Sri Lanka at Colombo PSS in 2010.
- R Ashwin (62) took his series run-tally to 143. He is India’s second most successful batsman in this series behind Tendulkar (226).
- India suffered their fifth loss out of the ten Tests they have played at Sydney.
- The defeat was India’s 36th in 80 Tests against Australia – their 24th defeat in 38 Tests in Australia.
- Australia registered their tenth innings-win against India – their fifth biggest against India. The biggest such win was by an innings and 226 runs at Brisbane in 1947-‘48.
- India suffered their sixth consecutive loss in an away Test (four in England and two now in Australia). They have lost three of their last four Tests by an innings margin.
- MS Dhoni’s streak of six consecutive losses in away Tests is the second worst by an Indian captain. Only Nawab Pataudi had a longer losing streak (of nine Tests between March 1962 and January 1968).
- Michael Clarke won his fourth Man-of-the-Match award in Tests.